Pohai Na Keiki Nalu champions crowned in ideal conditions

Chrislyn Simpson-Kane competes during the 26th annual Pohai Na Keiki Nalu on Saturday at Launiupoko. She won two divisions. -- 1More Photography photo

Chrislyn Simpson-Kane and Kahlil Pineres-Schooley were double winners at the 26th annual Pohai Na Keiki Nalu on Saturday at Launiupoko Beach Park in Lahaina.

The surf gods appeared to be smiling down at Launiupoko — after six days of almost totally flat conditions, the 230 entries in 13 divisions were treated to 2-5-foot wave faces with almost no wind.

Simpson-Kane claimed the shortboard 11-12 and longboard 10-12 titles, edging Stella Valdez in both disciplines. The 12-year-old from Paia also won a pair of divisions two years ago.

Simpson-Kane had practiced at Launiupoko on Tuesday.

“I surfed for three hours, the waves were a few inches, like ankle-high, but I still had a lot of fun” she said. “Today was amazing, there were some really good waves.”

Kahlil Pineres-Schooley was a double-winner Saturday, taking the boys shortboard 9-10 and the longboard 7-9 titles. -- 1More Photography photo

Pineres-Schooley also took advantage of the improved conditions, winning the boys longboard 7-9 and the shortboard 9-10 divisions.

Pineres-Schooley, a 10-year-old from Pukalani, had a favorite spot to sit in the line-up.

“When I was at the Lahaina peak there was boil out there,” he said. “If you sat on the Kihei side of the boil, you would have a better wall for carving maneuvers.”

He lost to Kaden Awad in last year’s shortboard final. They switched places this year, with Awad placing second.

“It was really nice just after him beating me,” Pineres-Schooley said. “It was good to get him back again.”

Ruby Stringfellow turns in front of Alexandria Poulsen on her way to winning the girls shortboard 7-8 final. -- 1More Photography photo

Awad did win a title, the mixed bodyboard 7-9.

Dylan Sloan also won a shortboard title for the second year in a row. Last year, the Kihei 11-year-old won the shortboard 9-10. This year, he took the shortboard 11-12.

He failed to advance to the longboard 10-12 final after winning it last year.

“I just never got the right waves, it was a pretty hard heat,” Sloan said. “I kind of stepped up a bit in the shortboard.”

Ruby Stringfellow kept up her winning streak. The 7-year-old from Kihei won the Menehune Mayhem at Hookipa in April, and the Town & Country Grom Contest last week on Oahu.

Dylan Sloan cuts back en route to winning the boys shortboard 11-12 division. -- 1More Photography photo

She blitzed the field at Launiupoko, almost doubling the score of the runner-up, Stella Pogni.

“It was super fun,” Stringfellow said. “I pick the best waves and do as many turns as I can.”

The other boys division winners were Bode Davis (shortboard 7-8) and Zolten Poulsen (longboard 10-12). The other girls division champions included Sloane Jucker (shortboard 9-10) and Maddie Hays (longboard 7-9). The other mixed division winners were Declan Brown (shortboard 5-6) and Otis Buckingham (bodyboard 10-12).

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Zolten Poulsen noserides to win the boys longboard 10-12 title. -- 1More Photography photo

Saturday’s Results

At Launiupoko Beach Park

Boys Shortboard

7-8–1. Bode Davis 8.4, 2. Taj Craig 7.57, 3. Seth Jucker 7.20, 4. Ryder Prouty 6.86, 5. Aiden Haas 6.33, 6. Guerlain Girardin 4.87.

9-10–1. Kahlil Pineres-Schooley 12.30, 2. Kaden Awad 11.47, 3. Zolten Poulsen 10.37, 4. Kai Nelson 9.77, 5. Kingston Panebianco 7.84, 6. Conner Beaver 7.40.

11-12–1. Dylan Sloan 13.43, 2. Chase Burnes 12.36, 3. Cash Berzolla 11.57, 4. Teiva Keomaniboth 10.13, 5. Otis Buckingham 9.66, 6. Tor Perez 8.00.

Boys Longboard

7-9–1. Kahlil Pineres-Schooley 12.90, 2. Kai Nelson 11.27, 3. Conner Beaver 9.34, 4. Seth Jucker 9.20, 5. Bode Davis 7.57, 6. Desmond Connelly 7.13.

10-12–1. Zolten Poulsen 13.40, 2. Nainoa Holland 12.40, 3. Sebastian Bianchi 11.06, 4. Chase Burnes 9.70, 5. Tor Perez 8.73, 6. Preston Armstrong 7.47.

Girls Shortboard

7-8–1. Ruby Stringfellow 13.24, 2. Stella Pogni 7.56, 3. Payton Souza 6.74, 4. Juliette Jucker 6.57, 5. Alexandria Poulsen 6.00, 6. Scarlett Lennox 5.94.

9-10–1. Sloane Jucker 10.14, 2. Kaya McCord 7.67, 3. Lila Sloan 6.94, 4. Talia Sloan 6.74, 5. Zoey Offergeld 6.40, 6. Hayden Baldwin 4.97.

11-12–1. Chrislyn Simpson-Kane 12.57, 2. Stella Valdez 11.73, 3. Gianna Pogni 8.67, 4. Gabby Castella 8.60, 5. Juliana Colpas 6.90, 6. Hana Howard 6.63.

Girls Longboard

7-9–1. Maddie Hays 9.67, 2. Oleci Medelye 7.16, 3. Alexandria Poulsen 6.87, 4. Zoey Offergeld 6.37, 5. Sothea Fukuda 5.50, 6. Alina Holland 4.50.

10-12–1. Chrislyn Simpson-Kane 12.13, 2. Stella Valdez 11.20, 3. Juliana Colpas 9.14, 4. Kaya McCord 7.80, 5. Sloane Jucker 7.37, 6. Mikaela Woodward 6.46.

Mixed Shortboard

5-6–1. Declan Brown 11.10, 2. Owen Everett 8.26, 3. Rael Pineres-Schooley 7.83, 4. Brixton Craig 7.66, 5. Emmett Connelly 6.43, 6. Kai McCluskey 4.07.

Mixed Bodyboard

7-9–1. Kaden Awad 8.90, 2. Kai McKim 7.34, 3. Matias Banto 5.83, 4. Kaina Yamada 5.47, 5. Zadoc Brown 5.37, 6. Zachy Woodward 4.17.

10-12–1. Otis Buckingham 10.54, 2. Cash Berzolla 7.56, 3. Nainoa Holland 7.24, 4. Hudson Crash Conmy 6.07, 5. Lila Sloan 5.74, 6. Leonardo Muraco 5.60.

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